Pastoral Genocide

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May 28, 2008, 4:54 am
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september nineteenth, ninety eighty nine. tepatitlán, jalisco. in the sweet breath of twilight, juan paolo ruiz (son of maria picasso lopez and josė javier ruiz) kicked uncertainly at the hardness of the earth. the crowd around him was enormous and loud. hungry. quickly stepping off fifteen paces, he crossed himself, silently hoping for preservation, resolution in the yawning face of an only slightly contested failure. he sprung forward heavily, his body pushing and heaving, a ferocious display of quiet desperation. he jumped. the crowd gasped as he passed through the clouds and into the thereafter. they waited and waited and it was only after six hours that they began to accept the fact that this was forever. before being shushed by his mother, one boy yelled into the quiet darkness of the night: conocia juan paolo ruiz, conozco a dios. it seemed only right.


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